Sharia Strategy: Rule of Law Replacing the State

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Media Outlet: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Young and entrepreneurial, the Nusra Front is distinguishing itself among jihadis in pushing both for a coalitionist approach to the Syrian power vacuum and for a deceptive gradualism in enforcing strict Islamic legal, or sharia, norms over time—thereby also building a postconflict template for Syria.

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Emily Schneider was a senior program associate for the International Security Program at New America.